As they were celebrating their 26th Anniversary back in 2015, Seattle’s iconic Pike Brewing Company also announced that they were expanding their ownership to include three longtime employees: Drew Gillespie, Vice President Operations; Patti Baker, Vice President Controller; and Gary Marx, Executive Chef. Pike founders Charles and Rose Ann Finkel called this ‘selling in‘ – a direct contrast to all the breweries out there who have been ‘selling out’ to beer giants like AB/InBev.
At the time, Drew Gillespie had been with Pike for over 17 years and, along with Patti & Gary, this was the Finkel’s way of showing how much they valued their loyal, long-time employees. It was an amazing gesture that further endeared the Finkels to those of us in the craft beer community who already love them.
Now in their 29th year, Pike is ready to make another big announcement. As of today, December 19th, 2018 (which also marks his 20th Anniversary with Pike), Co-Owner Drew Gillespie has been promoted to President of Pike Brewing Company. Congratulations, Drew!
Fresh Hop Season is upon us, and I couldn’t be happier. I love this time of year in the craft beer World and feel fortunate to live here in the Northwest, where the vast majority of the hops grown in the U.S. come from. I’ve already tried at least six different fresh hop beers this season, and I don’t plan on slowing down. Fresh Hop beers are some of my favorites, and I want to try as many as possible.
Black Raven Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor) is ready to help me in my quest to drink all the fresh hop beers I can. They’re preparing to release their 2018 Fresh Hop Ale one week from today, on Tuesday, September 25th. Packed with 250 pounds of Azaca hops, Black Raven’s 2018 Fresh Hop Ale won’t disappoint.
With the warmer weather we’ve been having lately (today’s forecasted rain notwithstanding), most craft beer drinkers are in the mood for something a bit lighter and/or hoppier. With Summer just over two weeks away, there are lots of Summer Seasonal beers returning to fulfill those cravings. Two such returning beers are Hochzeit Pilsner and Beaktweaker Citrus IPA, both from Black Raven Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor).
Hochzeit is a traditional Plisner, brewed with Czech malt and Domestic and European hops for a clean and crisp taste. Beaktweaker is a Citrus IPA that boasts bold citrus flavors, and is brewed with black lemon, orange peel and lemon peel. Both of theses beers are great options for those warm Summer days ahead and both are arriving this month.
Airways Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor) out of Kent, WA makes a few different styles of Stout. The two you are probably most familiar with are their Chocolate Stout (rich, roasty and made with cocoa nibs and baker’s chocolate) and Maylani’s Coconut Stout. You get just one guess as to the special ingredient in that one.
Now, returning for its third year, Airways Brewing is set to bring back Final Departure Imperial Stout. This year’s version, however, will have a special twist. It’s been aged on coffee beans from Rad Roasting Company which, in turn, were aged in whiskey barrels from Bainbridge Organic Distiller.
Oktoberfest, held each year in Munich (München) Germany, is the World’s largest fair, with well over 6 Million people in attendance each year. In fact, Oktoberfest 2010 had over 6.4 Million visitors who, all told, drank over 7.1 million liters of beer. Wow! I was fortunate to attend Oktoberfest in Germany back in 2009 while on a European vacation with my wife. It was an amazing and very memorable experience. If you have the means, I highly recommend braving the crowds to experience the true Oktoberfest in Germany at least once in your life. I’m sure I’ll be back again when the opportunity presents itself.
For those of us who can’t always get to Germany for this incredible annual festival, there are several local options that will let you enjoy a bit of the feel and flavor of Oktoberfest closer to home. The true dates for Oktoberfest 2012, as you can see from the poster above, are September 22nd to October 7, 2012. Many people are not aware that Oktoberfest always starts, not in October, but in September. It ends the first week of October, and usually earlier than the 7th (click HERE to see the annual dates for Oktoberfest in Germany through 2015).
Here are six places where you can celebrate Oktoberfest right here in Washington State. This is not an exhaustive list of all Oktoberfest celebrations happening in Washington; just a few options for you.